Lincoln, I am sure, would not be rolling in his grave.
Amazing news this week! The Illinois House and Senate passed IL SB10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Equality Act, making way for same-sex couples to marry in the state. Illinois is the 15th state in the U.S. to pass a bill in favor of gay marriage and it merely awaits Gov. Quinn’s signature. The bill is slated to be signed this month. The news comes on the heels of the 2011 bill allowing Civil Unions for same-sex couples in Illinois.
In 2004, Massachusetts (my home state) became the first state in the U.S. to pass a marriage equality act. Two years ago, I served as a bridesmaid in a lesbian wedding in Southern Illinois. The couple joined many gay and lesbian Chicagoans in June of 2011 at the Chicago History Museum to celebrate and be officiated in a community ceremony. That same summer, the Museum hosted “Out in Chicago,” an LBGT exhibition celebrating — yes — 150 years of gay and lesbian culture in Chicago!
It’s good to know that the City of the Big Shoulders and the Land of Lincoln continue to act as a beacons for equality and change.
There are at least two same-sex weddings I have to look forward to in the near future — let’s hope the remaining 35 united states are on their way!